ECA Newsletter 4-7-17
BEST DAY EVER?
I will say after 7 years as a paid guy here at the ECA, plus another 6 years as a Director, Board Member, and Officer, this day, Friday, April 7, 2017, is the BEST DAY I have ever experienced associated with the ECA!!
Why? First-last night was our 25th Annual Public Officials Night where we honored Sonoma County Transportation and Public Works and Team Ghilotti’s project on Liberty Road in Petaluma. See the video on the ECA Facebook page by Clicking here for the video. Second-Our State Legislators passed (in both the Senate and the Assembly) a comprehensive $52 billion Transportation Bill in California to fix our roads and bridges and highways!
I have been very vocal about putting pressure on our Legislators-particularly Marc Levine, District 10 Assemblyman about voting for SB-1. Both Levine and Woods voted in favor of SB-1 last night in a marathon session in Sacramento (see PD article by clicking here).
Now we need to reach out and thank our Elected officials for passing the largest road repair plan in well over a generation. Our neglected roads and bridges will not only put many construction workers to work, but the Public will benefit tremendously by the repairs that will be forthcoming.
Let’s also give credit to the “Fix Our Roads” organization (of which the ECA is a member) for their tireless advocacy to get help for our roads-click here for their announcement-
Locally-at least $7.8 million annually for Marin County and its Cities and at least $19 million for Sonoma County and its Cities-click here for City and County breakdown-
Thanks to all of you who have supported any of the organizations that have worked hard for this bill to pass. I include Fix Our Roads, United Contractors, SOS Roads, NorthBay Leadership Council, AGC, ECA, Sonoma County Alliance, and many other groups. Although the ECA is relatively small in this arena, we had Marc Levine’s Aide at our Public Officials Night event last night and he got an earful about supporting SB-1! Coincidence that Levine changed his mind and voted for SB-1? I do not think so.
We also need to treasure and be appreciative of our three local Public Officials that did a great job in helping to pass SB-1:
District 2 Sonoma County Supervisor David Rabbitt-send him a thank you email please! (firstname.lastname@example.org)
SCTA Executive Director Suzanne Smith-tell her “Great Job” please! (email@example.com)
And California State Senator Mike McGuire-helped pass the SB-1 Bill and he deserves lots of credit for such a great achievement-let him know!
Look-this is what we know-Advocacy works. This is a great day. Thanks for supporting the ECA! Smoother roads are on our horizon!
That’s All Folks!